Big Top Hudson

We went to the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus,
and we had THE best seats.
It was so amazing to be up close and personal with the
performers and animals.

But, I think it was the first time that
I've ever had to pray
that we wouldn't be victims of 
an elephant stampede.

Hudson enjoyed the horses, tigers, elephants, and performing poodles,
but his favorite act by far (for the 2nd year in a row) was the 
motorcyclists in the steel cage.
He loved it so much that, in addition to his huge circus elephant souvenir,
he insisted on getting a little motorcycle man to take home with him. 

At the end of the show,
a giant fire-breathing dragon
(which served as the theme for this year's circus) 
made it's way through the arena,
flanked by clowns and acrobats and lots of cute animals.
We were all in awe
of the greatest show on earth.


Amanda said...

What an amazing time at the circus! Hudson looks wonderstruck by it all :)

Ana F. said...

Hudson looks like he had the greatest time!!! I love when they are this small and everything looks amazing and new in their eyes.

jessica said...

So adorable! That looks like an amazing time, I love the elephants! I bet Hudson loved it! :)

Kira said...

So fun! I would probably be pretty nervous too being that close to the elephants.

thedemuremuse.com said...

Hudson is so adorable! Looks like he had a ton of fun being in the middle of the ring.

Jenna@The Life of the Wife said...

OK those might be the cutest pics ever! I can't wait to take D to the circus..you're making me want to go RIGHT NOW!! :)

Gentri said...

I have never been to the circus... SAD!
Looks like you guys had THE BEST time!

Amylou said...

Oh wow! I've never been to a circus before! The costumes and animals looks so amazing! What fun!

Ellie The Elephant said...

Well I must say we did have some pretty kick butt seats. I hope that we can get the same seats next year or somewhere real close. Hudson had a blast. He was in all most of the show. I love seeing him get so excited about things. You also me sweet little dear looked ever so beautiful. Hudson was also excited about seeing his Meme and Gig after the show for dinner with Sam and Henri.


My Journey With Candida said...

Now that sounds like a super fun day. I haven't been to a circus in a long time.

Kaysie said...

the elephants the elephants! They are maybe my second favorite things in the world and I am so jealous that you got to see them.

These pictures are awesome!

You look like a got-your-shit-together prettier version of Katy Perry in some of them ;) (that's a compliment)

Raven said...

you honestly have the coolest things to do in your City! That is such a cool experience for you and H-man! And GAW he is just THEE cutest. and lets discuss you for a moment here...the haircut is gorgeous on you. The dress you are wearing in the bottom pics is gorgeous on you. And ok, hubby isn't so bad on the eyes either :)

love you guys!!

jeannie said...

Hudson looks so sweet in that last picture. All the pictures are amazing. I'm glad you all had a good time. But, don't you always?

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

Amazing pictures!!! I so want to go!!!!! How awesome.

.hannah. said...

i love these pics so much!!!

Meri said...

sounds like he's gonna be a little daredevil! I would be worried about a scene like in Water for Elephants haha! You look great in that spring dress lady!

Candice said...

Ringling? As in the competing circus in Water for Elephants???
(Lol can you tell I'm from a little country?)
That's awesome!!

Chelsea said...

Love it! After my first time at Barnum and Bailey I decided I was joining the circus. :) Hudson looks so cute!!

Nikki @ The Ginger Diaries said...

This must have been an amazing day!You and Hudson look so cute with the red noses, haha ^^ ! x

Courtney B said...

Oh my goodness.... WOW! I am in awe of these pictures.... ha ha! I think it's time for ME to get my bum to a circus :) How magical!

And I totally want to ride an elephant someday :)

Ashley + Nathan from And A DIY Life said...

How fun! It looks like such a great time :)

- ashley

Janette said...

The last time you were at the circus didn't you have a bad experience??? This looks like a lovely time though! Makes me kind of want to go.. Do you think they are kind to the animals? I hope so.. Otherwise that's when they stampede...And next thing you know you're on Yahoo front page...Understand your prayers sitting so close.. I would be terrified!!!
You guys are the cutest family everrrrsss!

Janette, the Jongleur

Haley K said...

oh Ashley...I've loved catching up on what you've been up to lately!! :) Your circus adventure looked incredible! you most certainly did have the BEST seats :) Hudson will never forget it I'm sure! The combination of being in a giant tent, watching huge animals (elephants and lions and tigers and horses) do tricks, eating cotton candy (at least that's a circus staple for me;), and watching performers is fantastic colors and sparkles is just MAGIC. :)))